RAMBLINGS FROM A DESERT GARDEN Some landscapes look attractive using a minimum amount of plants. The key is to use a variety of different plants - not just shrubs or cacti. In this one, a blue palo verde (Parkinsonia florida) overlooks a planting of purple trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) and desert spoon. While the lantana is frost tender, the canopy of the tree provides it some protection from frost.
Desert Museum Palo Verde (Cercidium x 'Desert Museum') Key feature: Spring Flowering Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous Cold hardiness zones: 6 - 9 Light needs: Full sun Water Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering. Average landscape size: Fast grower to 25 ft. tall and wide. Special features: North American Native, Waterwise Flower color: Yellow Blooms: Spring